John Cox, Colin Rogers, Trixie Tan and myself caught the early morning tide
yesterday 20/10 at Price saltfields in South Aust and it was pleasing to
note that the waders were arriving back in some numbers. Nothing uncommon
but all the regulars were there and Trixie got herself a few ticks including
both Knots and non waders Fairy Tern and Slender-billed Thornbill. Of note
were the thousands of Whiskered Terns in full breeding plumage looking
properly coloured up rather than their usual grubby appearance.
Moved later in the day to Penrice Saltfields and Buckland Park which is full
to overflowing and where there were thousands of waterfowl including both
grebes, coots, swans, Little and Great Egrets, and ducks by way of
Pink-eared, Freckled, Musk, both Teals, Hardheads, Aust Shovelers,
Blue-billed, and Pacific Blacks. Again there were thousands of Whiskered
Terns in full colour. Waders had mostly gone out on to the mudflats outside
the mangroves because the tide was out by then, but there were many
thousands of Banded and Black-winged Stilts, many of which were juveniles.
Some more ticks for Trixie amongst the ducks.
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